Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rug Switch Up

A couple weeks ago, I posted a picture of our front room on Instagram. I'm happy with everything going on in there, but I was starting to want more color or at least more contrast. The brown rug and brown furniture were making me want a change.


I recovered that chair with the help of a sweet friend about 7 years ago and I'd love to change it but upholstery is no small job. The table was my Great Grandmothers so I don't want to paint it. The bentwood stool was a thrift find but I love it in stained wood too. The huge armoire was on Craigslist for $40. It's amazing and great and I'm glad I was browsing Dallas Craigslist while living Hawaii and that my sweet brother was willing to go buy and tackle this beast into his truck for me while we were away. In short, I'm not willing to break up any of the brown-ness with paint. I am, though, a professional rug connoisseur.

Right after moving into our house, we trashed the carpet and scraped up the linoleum and eventually stained all the concrete floors. Our plan has always been to use only rugs in our house because they are much less of a commitment. I can get sick of and replace a rug way easier and cheaper than I can carpet. The rugs in our house are mostly from RugsUSA. The one above was clearance at Pottery Barn, many years ago.

When I started looking for rugs for this room, I looked for 8x10's and my own personal criteria was to try and get something for under $150.  The other thing though, because our house is an open floor plan, I have to make the new rug work with these.

entry way / dining room via Rugs USA/ living room via HomeGoods
After lots of browsing and one failed attempt, we have a new rug from Overstock, that I love. They have a huge selection, great prices and free shipping. I always read customer reviews too when buying rugs online. That way you don't have to wonder too much about what you're getting. And as I tell the hubs who thinks it's too light, it was $130, if we don't like it after a while, I'll replace it.**the 8x10 must be sold out, but they have it in smaller rugs and runners.

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I unrolled it into the front room! It's pretty and soft and bright:
See the thrifted frame makeover here and the shibori pillow DIY here

I loved it in there but it was weird, it immediately washed out the sofa and the table and seemed kind of blinding in the bright light coming in from the bay window. Not from this angle but for real, it did.  I was going to wait for the hubs to help me switch it to the tv part of the room but ended up being way too impatient. Hello cardio!

It works so well in this space. It's surrounded by darker pieces so brightens it up and is a perfect neutral in the room.

*y'all, there probably won't ever be a styled coffee table in my house. Coffee tables are for coffee and feet propping. It looks really pretty but no thanks.


I was initially going to sell the pottery barn rug but because hubby wasn't sure about this one and because it's a woven rug as opposed to one that's like carpet, I decided to use the PB one as the rug pad. It's under there serving its new purpose and when this rug looks bad or if we want a change, we can bring it back out.



I love the fringe at the end and the subtle pattern.


How did I manage to include a single leftover fake Christmas tree needle? Must have been under the old rug. Sorry...

The floral rug got moved into the front room. I'm working on a few changes in there so I'll show you more later.

Here's a quick shot from the front door and proof that you see all the rugs at once. The new one works well with the others. Welcome to the family, rug. Stay clean please.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Farmhouse Exterior and Inspiration

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I left the hubs and babes at home for a quick, relaxing getaway with some girl friends and it was just perfect. Eating, talking and laughing. And then, there's nothing like coming home to sweet little kid hugs and kisses.

I've shared with you before about my parents' sweet little cottage. This weekend, we went to hang out there but also, I was excited to check on the status of their farmhouse that's being built. I took a few pictures and wanted to show you those and some inspiration photos for the interior design of the house.

I figured there was no point in showing you the studs on the inside (that will come later) but here is the front exterior.
farmhouse exterior inspiration- House Homemade

The back looks out over 3 amazing, huge oak trees and has a deep porch for quiet country nights.
farmhouse exterior inspiration- House Homemade

Those are the oaks. We call the land "The Oaks" and these beauties are why. There are tons of others, but these are the stars of the show though.
farmhouse exterior inspiration- House Homemade

My mom and I have been pinning inspiration images onto our farmhouse board for A LONG TIME but as you can see, it's getting close to go time. Today, I'll share some exterior inspiration photos with you so that you can see where we're going with things.

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farmhouse exterior inspiration
(via Home Bunch) 
Exterior colors:

We chose black windows and Sherwin Williams' Universal Khaki as the siding color. The metal roof is the color 'slate'. The color combo is similar to the images above.

farmhouse exterior inspiration
(via Decoist)

farmhouse exterior inspiration
(via Better Homes and Gardens)

The porch columns will be something like the last 2 photos with lanterns on either side of the big wooden door that my parents chose. My mom has a great eye for landscaping so I know once the construction part is done, she'll fill in the entire perimeter of the house with awesome plants and make it look incredible.

I'm so happy for them and plan to keep you updated on the decorating process for the inside as we start bringing plans together.

See previous posts about plans for their half bath here and living room inspiration here

One last ridiculous picture that I hope makes you smile because sometimes you just need to pose in front of a construction trash pond. Nickerbean 1, thank you for teaching me your mermaid ways.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thrift Store Art Makeover

The other day I was making a quick pass through at Goodwill and spotted this guy in the corner. It's a little bit scary looking but I love the frame around it so I brought it home. And stored it facedown...

Thrift store art makeover- House Homemade

Then I did what anyone in their right mind would do.. Gave him a pink 'stache and party hat. So  much less intimidating.
Thrift store art makeover- House Homemade

But really, the picture part of the frame is just a piece of thin wood so I taped it off and gave it a few coats of white paint.
Thrift store art makeover- House Homemade

I had the idea of using a picture of the girls for the inside but knew I didn't want it to be a close up. One day last week, I took them to an open field. Or an empty lot behind Taco Bell. And took some pictures. At first, I was trying to direct them and then I stopped talking and let them do their thing. I love the picture I ended up with because it's soooo them.


Nickerbean 1 is staying where she's told and littlest Nickerbean is like "I answer to no one!" (but with a sweet dirty faced smile) Sunlight, green trees and donut shirts. It's perfect.

I went online to order a poster print from Walgreen and found this really cool Peel, Stick and Reuse print option which sounded very forgiving to me. Which sounded good. Also, you can print pictures to your closest store from the app on your phone. Also, always look for a coupon code. Also, they aren't sponsoring me. When I picked it up I was excited because the finish of the picture was matte and almost looked like it was on a canvas instead of shiny photo paper.


I just peeled it off and stuck it down onto the painted section of the frame. I was thinking that the paint would peel up if I wasn't careful but I had to pull the picture up and readjust and the paint was just fine.

I love the way it turned out! I love that at first it just looks like a landscape and then you can see the girls when you look a little closer. It's a happy pop of color and a sweet memory for me.

Thrift store art makeover- House Homemade

I hung it in the front room over a very traditional looking family heirloom table. I like the way that it mixes styles.
Thrift store art makeover- House Homemade

The shibori dyed pillow tutorial can be found here.
I posted on my instagram that I am looking for a new rug for this room. Just a little bit of an update. Well, I found one that I think might do the trick and it should be in later this week. So maybe I'll have something new to show you in here, next week. This was such a quick makeover, the longest I spent on it was drying time.  Never see things for how they are. Think about what you could make them.

Thrift store art makeover- House Homemade

Also, the moral of the story, never be afraid to bring home a monkey painting.

Thanks for reading, friends.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to add a shelf to a console table

Geez! I was supposed to write this post a while ago and totally forgot about it! Back when I redid our entry way (for NO money) I showed you that I added a shelf to the bottom of our console table. It was so easy and made such a big difference. Let me show you what I did so that you can make one for yourself.

Add a shelf to a square legged console table- House Homemade

This is what the table looked like before the makeover. I didn't change a thing about it except for the shelf. 

I had the stuff below it so that it didn't look so top heavy but didn't really like the clutter. I was reading this post by Cassie at Hi Sugarplum and it hit me! (also, #goals)
Hi Sugarplum
I could add a shelf below. And EASILY because the table has square legs. Luckily, my neighbor and boss from when I was a teacher, was willing to cut down the width of a piece of wood we already had in the garage, with his table saw. We don't have one of those. Hubby would have done it by hand but boy is a table saw faster..

Add a shelf to a square legged console table- House Homemade

I measured the width of the legs and with a square, drew the section that I needed to cut out.
Now here's where I could have done better.. I didn't measure the tapered legs at the exact spot that I wanted to install the shelves, and DUH, they're tapered, so I cut the notches a little too big to fit flush... It's nothing that anyone would notice but me and it wasn't obvious enough to do it over so I left it as is.

Add a shelf to a square legged console table- House Homemade

We had scrap pieces of square trim and I cut those to size and mounted them across from the inside of the legs.


A couple coats of paint to the additions and I was done.


I styled it with the wooden box thing that I found at a garage sale and a stack of hubby's books. For a while I tried to hide them, now I'm embracing the amounts of books we have. The magnolia flower bookend was here when we bought the house. I spray painted it green years ago.

I just love how much more balanced and sturdy it makes the table look. It was such a quick and easy fix and even though it gives me another surface to dust, just kidding, I won't dust it.. I'm so much happier with this 15+ year old cheapy table now. A shelf was just what it needed.

DIY: Adding a shelf to a console table- House Homemade

So what about you? Have you even done a furniture "hack" of any kind? I think this might be a first for me!

Thanks for reading, friends

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Outdoor Fabric Roundup

We spend a lot of time outside most of the year but the spring has a special place in my heart.  I love that it isn't miserably hot yet. There usually aren't mosquitoes. And our plants start growing and blooming and making me so happy. The girls love exploring and making "potions" out of whatever they may find. We grill a lot more and stay out a lot later than normal. Spring is the best!

I posted this picture of our front yard to my Instagram last week. We've done so much work to our house and it's so sweet to look at this picture and be thankful for the little piece of space God gave us.

Front yard-- House Homemade

That being said, I also use springtime to clean and freshen things up. I got the chairs on our front porch for $15 at a yard sale a few years ago. I covered them in this (indoor) floral fabric that I had laying around and they've probably lasted out there for 2 years. Whenever they'd start to fade, I'd just flip them over. That technique eventually ran it's course and this spring, it was time to replace them.


Amazon is basically my favorite store...I don't know if you know this, but they sell EVERYTHING. You're welcome. So I browsed the outdoor fabric selection and bought a couple yards of something that I thought would look good now and look good as it faded....because my cheapness always has me thinking 3 steps ahead.

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The cushions are one long cushion with a break in the middle so basically, I sewed a huge pillowcase and slid the insert in. 'Eyeballing it' is my super sophisticated technique for measuring.


The makeover took me about 20 minutes one morning before most people (people without toddlers) are even awake. I am NOT a seamstress but I got the job done. Actually I think sewing outdoor fabric is much easier because it's very stiff and easy to work with.

Outdoor fabric sources

This picture was taken weeks after the "before" shot. Look at how much bigger the plants are! Heart eyes. (I'll tell you about that super easy, super cheap "hello" sign at some point.)


front porch, chair makeover- House Homemade

I found the table in between the chairs on a facebook garage sale page. It's resin and perfect for outside.

The chairs on the back patio were given to us years ago. Shout out, Kels! I recovered every huge cushion and they have always stayed under the porch so that they would look nice for as long as possible. They still look pretty good but their time is running short. I will probably keep them the way they are through the summer and repaint and recover them in the fall.
back porch- house homemade
You saw the little spring tray wreath here and the ironing board was $1.50 at a garage sale. I spray painted it, wrote on it and attached Christmas lights on the back so that it can be plugged in for cuteness at night.

back porch- house homemade
The green bentwood hooks were from Ikea last summer. It's a shame they don't have them anymore and a shame that I didn't buy another for somewhere inside... This whole patio needs some love.

But the chairs are all facing out because:
back yard view- House Homemade
Thank you husband, for the big deck, magical tree fort and usually freshly cut grass. It all makes my heart happy.

In case you are looking for an update to your patio and upholstered cushions, I've done a round up of great fabrics for you! Most of these are under $10 a yard so even if it doesn't fall under the free shipping category, it's usually still cheaper than going out to the store. Plus you aren't going out to the store!

Outdoor Fabric Roundup
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

I think its fun to branch out when choosing fabric for outside. I like to pick fabrics that are a bit more vibrant or bold than what I would use inside the house. I think number 8 might be what I buy for the back porch chairs.. That fabric with some bright outdoor pillows might be motivating me to redo them sooner.

Another thing to think about for you ladies with wee ones- Outdoor fabric is great for floor cushions or upholstered dining chairs because it's easily scrubbable and much heartier than the indoor stuff.

Hope these finds are helpful for you. Make sure you let me know if you update anything around your house!

Thanks for reading, friends!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Painted Wicker Basket and Other Easy Basket Makeovers

Hello! Hope you're having a good week so far. Today I wanted to show you a quick update that I made to the "holds all of our tv stuff" basket.


See it? That big one in the middle? If you look really closely, you can see all of the cords to all of the stuff in the basket. Luckily we're never actually at eye level..

When I found this awesome desk on Craigslist, I knew that we would need something in the center to store all of the TV components. Not to mention that we weren't in need of a huge blank space either. I measured and shopped for the closest fit to fill the space. This basket was a lined laundry basket that I found at Homegoods. I took the lid off, took the lining out and put that little scarf in front just to break up all the wood tone.. That's how its been for a couple years but I wanted to change things up a bit.

One night, I plopped down with some white paint and just started painting sections in a brick-ish pattern.

I used a small paintbrush and only painted the horizontal sections (aaand only the front for that matter. This way, if i get sick of it, I can turn the basket around and leave it or try something else)

If you look closely you can see that I didn't measure or anything. Just painted and stopped, then painted and started then went down to a new section... I'm not much of a planner when it comes to crafting. Sometimes it's a bad thing.

I like it! It looks a little more modern, a little more boho.. Different.

A few weeks ago, in Easter clearance at Target, I found 4 color packets of faux suede cording for $.50 a piece, I bought 2 and decided to make them into tassels and use them on this. Aren't those great colors?


Since these pieces weren't very long, I just folded them in half until I got down to the length I wanted.


When they were the right size I wrapped a separate 3 inch piece of suede around the top section and tied it tightly.

Then I cut the bottom so bottom part so that none of the loops were connected.

I wanted a few more in a neutral color so I got an extra strand of brown at Joann's and finished by tying them on to the wicker with little pieces of jute rope.


Not perfect but certainly gives the junk basket a bit more character. 

While we're on the business of painted baskets, the basket with the plant on the left already had that great pattern but I taped off the section at the bottom and painted it bright green for a pop of color.

I also compiled a few more basket painting ideas for you to browse. If you don't already follow me on Pinterest, you should and if you do, you might have seen these come across your feed.  Please pin these ideas from their original source. Thanks.

These were thrifted planters from Homemade Ginger were spiffed up with just a little bit of time and paint. These kind of baskets are ALWAYS available at thrift stores. Go look, I promise.

My latest thrift store makeover was so simple but I'm loving it! These DIY tribal painted baskets add a nice touch to your home decor.
(via DIY Candy)


This one from Tried and True is so colorful and  happy! I can see this holding toys or blankets. It would even work on a smaller basket, holding a plant.
This Kilim-Inspired painted basket tutorial is an easy way to try out a fun new color palette quickly and inexpensively. It's so simple to make!
(via DIY Candy)
This one has no paint involved but look at that basket of tassel goodness! Such a good way to give a fresh new look to something you see every day.
 tasselbasket1

So there you go. A few ideas that have hopefully sparked your creativity. Go find a thrifted basket or one shoved in a closet and give it a fresh new feel. Do you have any other basket makeover ideas? Make sure and show me what you've done.

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